Painting a wrought iron fence provides essential protection for the metal while at the same time restores the original color. The fact of the matter is that everything including metal will break down over time. Metal railings that have become exposed due to paint failure will combine with oxygen to form corrosion otherwise known as rust. Over time, as corrosion continues to build up, it will cause the metal to expand further breaking apart protective layers of paint. It is always best to treat corrosion and maintain metal railings in order to avoid extensive rust abatement techniques.
The good news is that corrosion can be effectively removed from metal railings by using a variety of methods. Depending upon the severity of the rust corrosion, rust abatement could include thermal techniques, abrasive chemicals, and sandblasting. Electrolysis is more involved and can remove rust and oxidation without the use of grinders, scrappers or harsh chemicals. However, under most normal circumstances a wire brush and chemical cleaners that contain phosphoric acid, such as, naval jelly will suffice in removing corrosion.
In late July, we were involved with a wrought iron rail restoration project in Oakton Virginia. The Home depicted in the photographs had extensive iron railings surrounding the pool and the second level balcony. The circular staircase had moderate rust corrosion at the base of the support columns, and some areas where there were welded joints. Additionally, the gate section of the fence had a moderate amount of peeling and flaking paint. Fortunately the standard rust abatement process was all that was required in order to properly maintain the rails.
Davinci’s provided the following procedures to remove the rust and paint the wrought iron railings:
- Surface Cleaning such as power washing is not always required, however, in this case there was some accumulation of dirt and debris on the iron railing.
- Wire Brush Cleaning included the use of hand wire brushes, and a power grinder in order to remove the loose rust and corrosion.
- Sanding Sponge Process of the entire railing, from top and bottom, eliminated flaking paint and provided a surface profile for improved paint adhesion.
- Rust Mitigation comprised the application of the phosphoric acid based naval jelly. This stabilized and converted the existing rust.
- Complete Prime Application was performed wherever scraping and sanding had occurred. We utilized Rustoleum Rust Inhibiting Metal Primer.
- Paint Application was implemented utilizing brush and roll techniques with Sherwin Williams Urethane Alkyd Industrial Enamel Black.
In most cases, traditional wrought iron railings have a black color; however, it is possible to tint certain alkyd based enamel paint products. Sherwin Williams Urethane Industrial Enamel is is a new generation of alkyd based enamel which provides increased durability from the sun and outdoor elements. Also, the availability of alkyd paint is somewhat limited depending upon the EPA Regulations in your state. That being said, most major paint manufacturers offer one option in terms of alkyd based paint sheen- high gloss. This was a particularly rewarding project and the Home Owner was very pleased with the finished product.
Choosing the correct color for your Home is always an important factor to consider, however, there is yet another very important decision to make. With several paint finishes to choose from, it is important to be somewhat educated about the pro's and con's of each type of finish in order to determine the right finish for your Home. The four main types of finishes include: Flat, Eggshell, Matte, and Semi-Gloss Finish.
Each paint manufacturer has its own guidelines for how much sheen goes into each Paint Finish. If you buy a satin finish from one manufacturer, it will look different than the satin finish of a different manufacturer. For this reason, it is always a good idea to choose a single brand for your Painting Project in order to avoid subtle differences. Consult with a Painting Contractor for help with choosing and applying the best Paint Finish for your Interior Painting Project.
High-gloss finish paints are rarely used for Interior Painting purposes because they leave a very shiny finish. Semi-gloss paints have a mildly glossy appearance and are often the paint of choice for Kitchens and Bathrooms. Rooms that are prone to moisture and mildew should be painted with a semi-gloss finish. You can even have mildew resistant properties mixed into your paint. You can also use semi-gloss for trims, moldings, and doors.
A satin finish has a sheen which is flatter than semi-gloss. Paints with an eggshell or satin finish is formulated to hold up to cleaning and light scrubbing. It makes a great paint choice for kids’ rooms, because you can easily wipe off the fingerprints, smudges, and dirt they might get on the wall. The only drawback with the use of Eggshell and Satin is the difficulty in touching up certain areas.
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Satin finishes are also used for trim, moldings, and doors because it gives a nice decorative effect to them. Surfaces painted with an eggshell finish can also be wiped off, although not as easily as the higher-gloss and satin finish paints can. An eggshell finish has the smooth look of flat paint, but flat finishes collect dirt. A flat finish is the dullest finish of all the paint choices and does not reflect light. This makes flat paint ideal for ceiling surfaces usually.
It can be a bit mind boggling navigating through all the paint choices that are on the market, but ask an Davinci's Home Painter for help! Our interior Painters are experienced with the application of the various types of Paint Finishes. We also know how to accent your furniture and other accessories with Paint Colors. Our Painters will help you bring the color palette you are envisioning to life. Contact Davinci's Painting for all of your painting needs. Call us at (571) 314-7288 today!
Throughout the fall months, we stayed busy completing several exterior carpentry projects. One of our Clients in Falls Church Virginia had a bay window with a very unique look that was designed with many architectural elements from the 1800’s. This bay window had some extensive wood deterioration that fortunately did not extend into the house framing. Additionally, the old double-hung windows that were part of the bay window were very drafty and not insulated, which contributed to a lot of cold air coming into the house.
The side of the house where this bay window is located is right next to the watershed of the entire townhouse development. The area has a lot of trees with little sun, animals and critters, water, and tons of mud everywhere. Unfortunately for the homeowner, what had happened was that nature and the elements had started to re-claim his house. Although we could see many issues from the ground, a complete Power wash cleaning and thorough carpentry inspection was required before we could provide him with an estimate.
There were several places within the bay window cornice work that were so completely deteriorated that there were holes exposing the house framing. All three window sills were entirely shot, and it felt like a sponge when you pressed down on it. The panels were also constructed with MDF which is sort-of a cardboard composite. All of these panels were warped. And on top of all of that, carpenter bees had bored-out several holes within the trim and had been hibernating inside when we found them.
We carefully removed all of the cornice trim and rotted wood and unsalvageable parts of the bay window. After dismantling everything, we were left with about 15% of the original trim. The windows themselves were replaced with Marvin double-pane tempered glass. The remaining 85% of the trim was replaced with complete sections of PVC up to 12” in width. Even the corbels and some detail soffit sections that had been protected from the elements, needed to be replaced with custom-milled sections.
The type of PVC that was used is called Azek and it is basically plastic that will never deteriorate. This product is not inexpensive and they only sell 18 foot sections. These particular horizontal replacements were slightly more than 9 feet, which basically means that we had to purchase an entire 18 foot section for each horizontal. The PVC caulk to seal the expensive PVC cost about $11.00 a tube. Needless to say, the caulk and paint will deteriorate and crack, however the PVC will literally last forever!
I'm very happy with the finished bay window and I enjoyed helping to recreate a bit of 19th Century craftsmanship. We used the most advanced materials for the job to bring back the character of the home’s exterior. When spring comes around and everything warms-up, we will return to apply the paint! In addition to museum quality painting, we also specialize in wood trim replacement and structural repairs. Please call or click Davinci’s Painting for more information and a free carpentry consultation.
At Davinci's Painting, we scale great heights! This photograph shows one of our Carpenters on top of a very high roof of a luxury townhome. This townhome is part of the Fenwick Court Subdivision and is located in Arlington, Virginia. Throughout the month of October, our company is in the process of replacing extensive portions of the exterior trim for about 5 townhomes within this community. Several of these jobs feature dormer windows that are four stories high. All of these projects will continue to require the use of a 48 foot extension ladder, as well as, safety harnesses in order to adequately ensure worker safety.
Prior to starting any exterior project, we first scope out the job to determine the type of equipment and ladders that will be needed, as well as selecting fall protection processes that are compatible with the type of work that will be performed. In some cases, we even have to identify and evaluate fall hazards that could occur while working indoors on high ceilings and stairwells. It is very important that every employee be supported by a harness, if they are performing work on a ladder that is greater than 32 feet.
Safety is an important consideration in construction related fields like painting, because of potentially dangerous working conditions. Providing safety equipment and harnesses isn’t everything, we are also very diligent and our Painter Foremen are constantly alert on the job to be sure that adequate safety practices are being followed. Our employees also have a responsibility for themselves, their fellow workers, and the home owner’s property. We value our employees and we want them to return to their home every night, safe and uninjured.
We are really proud of our safety record and we have never had a serious workplace accident within the 30+ years that we have been in business. The benefits of maintaining a safe work environment is primarily undertaken in order to protect the painters and our clients’ property. A safe work environment impacts our project’s bottom line. Not only does this help boost our employee morale, but there are also fewer schedule interruptions due to incidents. Moreover, the implementation of good safety protocols has also advanced our company’s reputation.
Davinci’s Painting is a long standing employer in the commonwealth of Virginia. We carry both General Liability and Workman’s Compensation Insurance. Please check out the Safety Page of our Website for more information about our Safety Facts and Policies.